Air Canada Aeroplan & Chase Launch US Partnership (Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points)

Air Canada Aeroplan & Chase Launch US Partnership (Transfer Ultimate Rewards Points)

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In late 2020 we learned about a new partnership in the works between Air Canada Aeroplan and Chase. There’s an exciting update on that front — as of today it’s possible to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards to Air Canada Aeroplan, and the waitlist has also opened for Air Canada’s new credit card in the United States, offering an extra bonus if you add yourself to the list now.

Aeroplan joins Chase Ultimate Rewards

As of today (August 3, 2021), the Air Canada Aeroplan program has been added as a Chase Ultimate Rewards transfer partner. Points transfer instantly at a 1:1 ratio, and I’d say this is a fantastic addition to the program.

For some context:

Air Canada has become the newest Chase Ultimate Rewards partner

This is a lovely addition to the value of Ultimate Rewards. While I love Ultimate Rewards points, I’d say the program’s value has decreased ever since Korean Air SkyPass was lost as a partner a few years back.

The only unique transfer partners (compared to other programs) that Chase has are United MileagePlus and World of Hyatt. There are few cases where you’ll find the value through United MileagePlus is competitive, while I love World of Hyatt as a transfer partner, and that’s where most of my Chase points go.

World of Hyatt is my favorite Chase transfer partner

Aeroplan, Chase, and Mastercard, launch US credit card

Later this year, Air Canada Aeroplan will launch a credit card in the United States, in partnership with Chase and Mastercard. While the card isn’t yet open to new applicants, if you join the waitlist you can receive 10,000 bonus Aeroplan miles in addition to the launch offer upon card approval. Joining the waitlist is easy, and just requires providing your first name and email address.

We’ll have to stay tuned for the full details of the card, but this is definitely something I’m looking forward to, especially given the other excellent co-brand travel credit cards that Chase has.

The leadership at Aeroplan is brilliant and good at engaging with members, so I hope that we see some creativity in terms of benefits for cardmembers.

From Chase’s perspective, I think this card may follow a similar framework in terms of benefits to other cards issued for foreign carriers, like Aer Lingus, British Airways, and Iberia.

I think some sort of travel benefits when flying Air Canada are a given. Personally what I’d most like to see is the ability to earn Priority Reward vouchers. These offer 50% off an award ticket for one passenger (including on partner airlines).

If you could earn one of those for spending a certain amount, that could potentially be a great deal, since it could get you a significantly discounted Air Canada or partner award redemption.

Could the Aeroplan credit card offer the ability to earn Priority Reward vouchers?

Why I love the Air Canada Aeroplan program

The Air Canada Aeroplan program was refreshed in late 2020, and to me the program has a unique value proposition among Star Alliance programs:

  • There are no fuel surcharges on award tickets
  • The program allows a stopover on a one-way award for an extra 5,000 miles
  • Aeroplan has more airline partners than any other frequent flyer program; in addition to having access to Star Alliance airlines, Aeroplan has partnerships with programs like Air Serbia, Azul, Etihad, Vistara, etc.
  • Aeroplan’s online award booking experience is great, and you can even assign seats on most partners directly through Air Canada’s website, which no other program allows
Aeroplan has more airline partners than any other program

Bottom line

Air Canada Aeroplan and Chase have now launched the first phase of their partnership. It’s now possible to transfer Chase Ultimate Rewards points to Air Canada Aeroplan. On top of that, we should see a co-brand credit card launched in the United States later this year. If you add yourself to the waitlist now, you can earn 10,000 bonus miles in addition to whatever the standard offer will be at launch.

What do you make of the new Air Canada Aeroplan & Chase partnership?

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  1. Andrew

    I just booked Ethiopian Airlines through Aeroplan and had to go to the Ethiopian site to pick my seat.

  2. Tony

    "...andd you can even assign seats on most partners directly through Air Canada’s website, which no other program allows".

    That isn't true. ANA had provided that functionality for a long time.

  3. Andrew

    This program got nerfed so hard. It used to be one of the best and now it’s just meh unless you’re adding stopovers.

    1. Tony

      That functionality isn't universal for all partner airlines. With ANA, it works for many partner airlines, but not all. I assume it's going to be the same with Aeroplan.

    2. bran

      @Andrew wouldn't say it got nerfed it got a lot more flexible and better for frequent flyers of the program while still allowing "distanced user" options via point transfers... it got a lot better for people who Actually fly star alliance... like nyc to Sydney round trip for in business class for 34K Aeroplan Points is incredible... you just have be loyal to the program to get the best benefits like these... wouldn't be surprised if other airlines started doing this

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bran

@Andrew wouldn't say it got nerfed it got a lot more flexible and better for frequent flyers of the program while still allowing "distanced user" options via point transfers... it got a lot better for people who Actually fly star alliance... like nyc to Sydney round trip for in business class for 34K Aeroplan Points is incredible... you just have be loyal to the program to get the best benefits like these... wouldn't be surprised if other airlines started doing this

Tony

That functionality isn't universal for all partner airlines. With ANA, it works for many partner airlines, but not all. I assume it's going to be the same with Aeroplan.

Andrew

I just booked Ethiopian Airlines through Aeroplan and had to go to the Ethiopian site to pick my seat.

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